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What Was the Vocabulary of Joseph Smith?
|What Was the Vocabulary of Joseph Smith?
|Year of Publication
|Widtsoe, John A.
|Authenticity; Authorship; Book of Mormon Authorship; Book of Mormon Names; Book of Mormon Translation
This article argues that any translation will reflect the vocabulary of the translator, and such was the case with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. An average “fairly well-educated” person possesses an 8,000 word vocabulary. Joseph Smith as a youth would have had a substantially smaller vocabulary. Interestingly, the Book of Mormon has a total vocabulary (including person and place names) of 3,307 words.
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